The HuffPosters are celebrating this morning. They think their guy won the debate last night, "cleanly and decisively," unleashing a "devastating attack" on Romney:
President Barack Obama mocked Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday for his repeated attack over the size of the Navy, which he has said proves the president doesn't prioritize national defense.
"You mention the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets," Obama said during the final presidential debate.
"We have these things called aircraft carriers and planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines."
"It's not a game of battleship where we're counting ships, it's 'What are our capabilities?'" he said.
One HuffPoster rejoiced that this was "a beautiful slap.down, I couldn't believe my ears." Obama's base couldn't be happier:
"... this was the Obama I wanted to see in the first debate, and before... the Chicago pol, the streetfighter..."
I doubt that the 359 retired generals and admirals who back Romney enjoyed the Commander in Chief's undignified and ungracious demeanor in quite the same way. The men and women who actually serve in the military, as well as our veterans, understand about "horses and bayonets" ... even if the commander-in-chief and his followers do not.
Millions of American Jews (and Christians) understand what Obama has done to our alliance with Israel; we understand what an atom bomb in the hands of the mullahs would mean.
And millions of unemployed folks understand how devastating another four years of the same would be.
Generally speaking, I think everyone is tired of the petty sniping and mean-spirited politics we've had to tolerate ever since the progs turned on George Bush so viciously over the war in Iraq. And that is what we saw last night from a flailing Obama. If indeed he "won" the debate, he did so on the zingers and slap-downs that constitute "red meat" for the far left -- in other words, his base.
If petty snarling is what would move the undecideds to finally decide, I think they would have gone to Obama much earlier in the game. On the other hand, if they're looking for a reasonable, confident and dignified president with solutions to our myriad problems, then they'll vote for Romney. His demeanor last night was that of the quintessential American president.
Maybe he didn't "win" the debate, but I do believe that last night he won the election.